New Scottish distillery produces premium potato vodka

One of Scotland’s newest distilleries has launched a potato vodka and is set to follow it up with a whisky and a gin in early 2015.

Arbikie prides itself on its “farm to bottle approach”, using Maris Piper, King Edwards and Cultra potatoes to create “a slightly sweet, very creamy and exceptionally smooth” vodka.

Commercial director Iain Stirling, one of the brothers that run Arbikie, said: “Scotland is a small country but with a world-class drinks industry. We saw a real opportunity to utilise Scotland’s acclaimed natural assets from its clear waters, rich crops and temperamental climate alongside its renowned whisky heritage, to produce a new generation of exceptional spirits.”

His brother John is finance and operations director, while David is brand director.

They use their 800ha family farm in the Highlands and grow their own ingredients, ferment, distil, bottle, label and mature on site.

Iain Sterling said: “As a family business, it is wonderful to have the freedom to be innovative. We believe that drinking should be no different to the way we eat – goodness from the ground up, from the farm to the bottle. We have embraced the French concept of terroir to create exceptional spirits.

“Arbikie vodka has a distinctive taste with the quality and passion of a whisky. We believe it will be a popular choice for discerning drinkers who are looking for exceptional quality and integrity.”

The new vodka retails at £42 and is distributed by Gordon & MacPhail. 

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